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I drove up here, to Maine, yesterday, listening to the Patriots on the car radio en route, and arriving at just the time of day on a late fall day when the shadows are long and seem almost golden in the reflection of the trees. The lake water is deep blue and the air is crisp.

Farm in October

I am snuffling with a cold but that's okay because I have no commitments this week, no one to sneeze on, no speeches to cough through. I came to spend the week alone, working. And this morning I opened up one of the three manuscripts that have been in the throes of neglect, and started in.

It seems odd to be here without the dog---I think it's the first time. And I'm aware of it when I walk from one room to another, and realize nobody has gone on full alert (She's leaving the room! I must follow!) And when I drove into town to get a newspaper, no one ran out and stood by the car, waiting to jump in.

I left him home both to keep Martin company but also because I will go from here on Friday to Keene, NH, to speak at the annual Children's Book Festival that Keene State College has held for many many years. I've been there twice before.  By then my cold should be over and done, and I'll be able to enjoy being back at Keene. Katherine Paterson will be there, and Jane Yolen. The person I will miss anew is Trina Schart Hyman, who was often at that festival and is so fondly remembered there.

Last night my son and a friend came up from Portland and took me out for dinner at a Main Street restaurant. But now that I am alone I will rely on leftovers (doggie bag from last night, plus a mountain of rigatoni-with-sausage-and-canellini* I brought from home) and not bother with cooking.

"Where the Wild Things Are" is on at the local theater and if I get enough work done, I may reward myself late in the week by going to see it.

*I'm trying to remember the name of the wonderful cookbook---one word, starts with S---Ah, yes! STIR! Great Italian recipes---from which I made that the other night, in great quantities.

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Jenny Monday, 29 November 1999

Thank you for your willingness to share this! I feel less alone and less ashamed of our pantry.

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Portia Pennington Monday, 29 November 1999

The mark of an excellent writer: a well-stocked pantry. Ahem.

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Jasmine Monday, 29 November 1999

This makes me laugh! Your self-depreciation makes the world seem like a less lonely place.

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Roger Sutton Monday, 29 November 1999

That TJ cornbread is really good.

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Lois Lowry Monday, 29 November 1999

Even after sitting for a year or more, Roger???

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Sue Sirgany Monday, 29 November 1999

Love it! I have been known to do the same thing with books. I've found multiple copies of the same book on shelves in different rooms, oops. The local public library benefits from this, however.

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Phoebe Sinclair Monday, 29 November 1999

Love this! (Sorry for your weepings)
Perhaps you can freecycle the excess?

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Rachael Monday, 29 November 1999

Oh My!!! Miss Lowry!! I just came from a workshop about you . The lady that was speaking had met you once. And she said that you hate emails that look like so (OMG, brb, gt to go, jks, lomh.) I Totally Agree!!

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Karin Monday, 29 November 1999

Now I don't feel so alone! Oh, and the TJ cornbread mix is great although it does have some whole corn kernels in it. I know many prefer cornbread to be kernel-free.

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Bill Kemps Monday, 29 November 1999

Okay, now who will share a recipe for cornmeal-raisin-rice cake?

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Julie McG Monday, 29 November 1999

I was previously a devoted follower of your blog (an every day addict, in fact!), but alas, about a year ago a newborn arrived on my doorstep, and how life changed! So glad that during a few found moments this afternoon I decided to see what you were up to...

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Sharon Creech Monday, 29 November 1999

Hahaha. Me, too, I've done the same.

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KrazzyKitten Monday, 29 November 1999

who is DA?

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Lois Lowry Monday, 29 November 1999

DISTRICT ATTORNEY

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Pat Wooldridge Monday, 29 November 1999

I'm so pleased that you wrote about this! AND took photos. It's one more way by which I know there is nothing new under the sun.

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